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From providing a shady spot on sunny days to a space to relax in the rain (we can't be the only ones who love that pitter-pattering sound!), OnBuy's collection of garden parasols will prove an essential addition to your space, transforming garden hangouts into a year-round affair. Perfection is just a few clicks away...

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About Garden Parasols

Proof that enjoying your outdoor space isn't limited to summer days, our collection of parasol umbrellas is a sure-fire way to take garden parties and solo hangouts to the next level. Not only will a garden parasol keep you and your table shielded from soaking up too much sun (and skip the inevitable sprinkling of rain), it'll make for an oh-so-stylish addition to your space!

Plus, with big brands names like tectake, vidaXl, and Outsunny to explore, you can snap up a reliable sun umbrella without breaking the bank. From cantilever creations to rustic, wooden garden parasols that complement any wooden outdoor furniture set, you're just a few clicks away from securing the perfect parasol for your patio or outdoor area.

The different types of garden parasols

Here at OnBuy you'll find push-up parasols which can be effortlessly elevated when required, alongside uber-stylish cantilever parasols. Cantilever parasols can be easily identified by the fact that their main pole is set to the side, unlike traditional parasols that are placed and held in position by a hole in the centre of your outdoor table. These creations give you additional control over the placement of your outdoor umbrella with 360-degree rotation thanks to the handle on the side of the main pole.

Plus, they typically come with a crank that makes adjusting the parasol height and raising the umbrella effortless. They can easily be adjusted to throw just the right amount of shade, while making a bold design statement in the process! This is just a handful of reasons that makes cantilever garden parasols such a popular option right now.

Style-wise, you're also spoilt for choice as you can browse through and discover everything from wooden garden parasols to metal garden parasols to match your current garden seating or a brand new outdoor furniture set you've currently got your eye on. If you're planning on hosting a gathering, we recommend opting for a double parasol to ensure all your seats are covered!

How to choose the right parasol base

Don't forget to pick up a parasol base for your gorgeous new garden umbrella, too! Sturdy metal parasol bases are sure to inject elegance into any space while keeping your sun protection firmly in place, but they come in a range of different materials, shapes, and designs. From granite, metal, and concrete parasol bases that'll ensure even the most generously-sized parasols stay put to water-filled plastic creations that are typically more affordable, there's plenty of parasol bases to explore.

Which size base is right for keeping your parasol? To keep your parasol stable, it's paramount that you pick the perfect base weight - particularly if you have a large and heavy garden umbrella! If you own a traditional-style small 2m parasol, a more compact and affordable 9-15kg base should do the trick. For larger 3m models, we recommend at least 12kg and up to 15kg, while 3 x 4m garden parasols require at least 20kg (but may need a base of up to 50kg depending on the material) to keep them safe and upright. Simply finish with a suitable parasol cover to keep your new outdoor umbrella in prime condition!

Frequently asked questions about garden parasols

What's the best colour for a garden parasol?

That's entirely up to your tastes! Black or charcoal parasols tend to fade more slowly compared to other colours. They're also unlikely to show any stains or damage, compared to lighter alternatives. However, darker parasols also absorb more heat than their lighter counterparts, so if you want a garden parasol that'll leave you feeling cooler, you can't go wrong with a lighter shade!

What parasol size do I need?

A small parasol that has a pole of less than 42mm is best suited to a smaller parasol base (of 15kg). For a bigger model, you'll need a base of at least 25kg. Typically, manufacturers will sell parasols seperately to the bases to give you more choice, but they can normally recommend the best parasol base from their range to suit your choice of parasol if you need extra help and support.

What should I bear in mind when purchasing a parasol?

When it comes to buying a garden parasol, there are a few factors worth considering. These include (but aren't limited to): budget, style preference and design, size, colour, and whether you require any extra features, like UV protection, weather resistance, and a seller guarantee. 

How do I choose a patio parasol?

In most cases, you need to look for a parasol that's at least a foot wider than your outdoor table. Most of our models are nine feet in diameter, which would fit a table of 36" or smaller. For extra large tables, we suggest taking a look at the double-sided creations which can easily cover larger, rectangular tables owing to the vast increase in parasol size. 

Are garden parasols waterproof?

While some models can come with extra protection from those pesky downpours, many garden parasols are actually just water-resistant. This indicates that they can provide some level of protection against light rain, but we wouldn't recommend using them in bad weather. Typically made to cast shade during sunnier weather, most garden parasols only offer limited water-resistance instead of total protection.

What's the best way to clean a garden parasol?

Start to clean your garden parasol by gently brushing away loose dirt and dust using a soft brush. Once you've removed this loose debris, you can concentrate on using warm soapy water and a gentle scrubbing brush to scrub the fabric clean. Once you've finished, simply open it as normal and leave it dry under the sun.

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